Tennessee State Library and Archives

Online Resources

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring...

TEL Tennessee Electronic Library

Free access to over 400,000 magazines, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more!

Search this online directory of public libraries and services in Tennessee by county, region, or city.

Tennessee Supreme Court Cases represent the period from about 1809 to 1950 and is an especially valuable resource for historical and genealogical...

A partial index to the hundreds of thousands of photographs and images held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive) is a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. New materials are added every day, featuring prints...

Highlighted Programs

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our...

TSLA staff

We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in the classroom! The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a great resource for...

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives will send a team of professional...

Library & Archives Videos

A documentary on the building and grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol.

August 20, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Women's Suffrage Movement

April 14, 2018 - Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental illness is often difficult. Using examples from...

September 26, 2015 - Veteran genealogist Jim Long will use case studies to demonstrate how even small bits of information can lead to important...

May 6, 2017 - Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the...

July 30, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Preserving Tennessee Folkways

Effort to Digitize World War I Artifacts Heads to Cookeville
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle in 1917, eventually mobilizing more than 4 million soldiers and countless civilians who provided support for the war effort on the home front.
Tennessee State Library Gives Free Access to 190 Years of The Tennessean
Tennessee State Library Gives Free Access to 190 Years of The Tennessean
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that starting today, Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).
Black and white photo of Ryman Auditorium
Library and Archives to Host its First Theatrical Performance “The Ryman Diaries”
History has inspired a number of popular interpretations. In August, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a unique event as part of its ongoing workshop series. Award-winning actor/playwright/director Tom Dolan and author/musician/educator Debbie Mathis Watts portray Music City legends Captain Tom Ryman and Bettie Baugh Ryman in the multimedia musical stage play "The Ryman Diaries."
Group of students representing Tennessee at National History Day 2018
Tennessee Students Excel at National History Day
Twelve Tennessee students took top honors at the 2018 National History Day competition. In total, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the contest, which allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes.

About TSLA

The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and promotes library and archival development throughout the state.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov